MP falls ill in Commons, days after lockdown eased. What if it’s Covid-19?

The Conservative Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, has fallen ill after contributing to debates in the House of Commons – with symptoms that resemble Covid-19.

His illness occurs just days after MPs were forced to return to the House of Commons rather than participate in online debates, in a plan devised by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg, who claimed that online voting slowed debates unduly. Apparently queuing 2km around the Parliamentary precincts and down the road to vote causes no delay at all.

Nobody can say that Sharma caught his illness – whatever it is – in Parliament. The question now is, how many people will he have infected by attending?

If it is Covid-19, then we won’t see the first infections from contact with Sharma for another fortnight at least.

The reaction on Twitter has been uniformly condemning:

This is a very good point. We have a high-profile case here, that we can use to model the effect in schools if a pupil, parent or teacher turns up with the virus. Of course, if they do, then by the time anybody finds out it will be too late – so all we can do is try to quantify the damage.

There is an upside (there’s always an upside):

What a great opportunity to get the beleaguered “Track and Trace” programme back on track – showing how it works by using MPs as guinea pigs!

It will necessitate Jacob Rees-Mogg falling on his proverbial sword – with a full apology for endangering everybody. Some of us can’t wait for that.

And what about this?

Will Rees-Mogg – and Boris Johnson – revert to locking down MPs?

Will they have the choice, if many are infected?

Or will they insist on keeping it open, endangering not only their colleagues but our democracy?

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3 thoughts on “MP falls ill in Commons, days after lockdown eased. What if it’s Covid-19?

  1. The Toffee (597)

    I see jess ‘mouthpiece’ philips is busy sticking her oar in, showing concern for her fellow (tory) MPs.

    I also noticed she stopped short of being critical of her bessie mate – ‘jakey’ rees-smog for putting sharma at risk…

  2. Hecuba

    Fascist tory Rees-Mogg and his fascist tory bros will all claim ‘well one fascist tory MP falling ill during his presence in House of Commons does not mean we must suspend mandatory physical presence of all MPs!! This is a risk all MPs must expect to endure because we’ve ended the lockdown!

    If Sharma has contracted coronavirus then fascist dictator boris will have to take another ‘holiday’ because he will be quarantined for at least 14 days!

  3. hugosmum70

    ended the lockdown? since when? does this mean those of us who still havent been told they are “free to go”, except for 1 piffling outing (assuming you can get there n have somewhere you can safely meet) per day… we still cant go to see our families.oand neither can they ,not if we are actually sheilding. and we cant hug or grown up kids/grandkids or great grandkids. or friends or other relations. WE ARE STILL IN LOCKDOWN

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